Fukumoto's Good Hands Earns NWC Offensive Weekly Honors
FOREST GROVE – Wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) did not disappoint in his first home game in over a year on Saturday, putting together a performance that earned the junior the Northwest Conference's Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week award. The honor, selected by the league's sports information directors, was announced on Monday.
Playing in his first home game since Aug. 30, 2012, Fukumoto made seven catches for a game-high 197 yards in the Boxers' 67-30 blowout victory over Occidental on Saturday. His performance included catching three long scoring receptions, scoring 18 of the Boxers' 67 points on the night.
The game was a chance for a little revenge against the Tigers for the 2011 First Team All-NWC selection, who was lost for the 2012 season after breaking his leg at Occidental on Sept. 8, 2012.
"Jordan's performance on Saturday night proved again that he can score from any point in the game and from anywhere on the field," said Pacific head coach Keith Buckley. "It was great for him to exorcise the demons of last year's Occidental game in such a big way."
Fukumoto opened his scoring with the sixth longest scoring play in school history, catching T.C. Campbell's (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) 74-yard pass with 14:47 left in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Campbell and Fukumoto hooked up again for a 32-yard scoring play with 2:44 left that gave the Boxers the lead for good at 28-23.
Fukumoto's third touchdown was the first of five scored by the Boxers in the second half, this one coming off a 42-yard pass from P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii).
Buckley said that Fukumoto's performance was even more complete than just scoring the ball. "The stats speak for themselves, but what a lot of people didn't see is how physical Jordan was blocking in the run game," Buckley said. "He played a very big role in the success of our backs as well."
Fukumoto enters the week leading the NWC with four touchdowns and 24 points. He also ranks second in the league with 27.1 yards per reception, third with 244 receiving yards, fourth with 122 receiving yards per game and fifth with his nine caught pass. Among NCAA Division III players, Fukumoto ranks 21st in receiving yards, 24th in scoring with 12 points per game, 36th in receiving yards per game and 69th in points responsible for with 24.
The performance helped the Boxers move to 2-0 for the first time since the 1969 season. Pacific returns to action on Saturday, traveling to the Bay Area for a non-conference matchup with Menlo. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.